The Supply of Hours Worked and Fluctuations between Growth Regimes
Ka-Kit Iong and
Andreas Irmen ()
No 8993, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo
Declining hours of work per worker in conjunction with a growing work force may give rise to fluctuations between growth regimes. This is shown in an overlapping generations model with two-period lived individuals endowed with Boppart-Krusell preferences (Boppart and Krusell (2020)). On the supply side, economic growth is due to the expansion of consumption-good varieties through endogenous research. A sufficiently negative equilibrium elasticity of the individual supply of hours worked to an expansion in the set of consumption-good varieties destabilizes the steady state so that equilibrium trajectories may fluctuate between two growth regimes, one with and the other without an active research sector. Fluctuations affect intergenerational welfare, the evolution of GDP, and the functional income distribution. A stabilization policy can shift the economy onto its steady-state path. Fluctuations arise for empirically reasonable parameter constellations. The economics of fluctuations between growth regimes is linked to the intergenerational trade of shares and their pricing in the asset market.
Keywords: endogenous fluctuations; growth regimes; endogenous technological change; endogenous labor supply; OLG-model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J22 O33 O41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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